Scheer was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Mary Gerarda Therese (Enright), and James D. Scheer. Scheer spent summers in his youth with his maternal grandparents in Mississauga. Scheer graduated from Immaculata High School and then studied history at the University of Ottawa. While a student, Scheer worked on several political campaigns, including the Unite the Right campaign to merge the Progressive Conservative and Reform parties and Preston Manning’s campaign to lead the Canadian Alliance. After meeting his future wife Jill Ryan at university, Scheer moved to her hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, and finished his BA at the University of Regina.In Regina, Scheer worked as an insurance broker, a waiter, and in the constituency office of Canadian Alliance MP Larry Spencer.When he was Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015, he lived at the official residence, called the Farm, in the Gatineau Hills. Currently, he lives in Stornoway, the official residence of the leader of the opposition.
In 2004, Andrew was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Regina—Qu’Appelle, defeating the longest-serving MP at the time. One of Canada’s youngest MPs when he was first elected, his hard work and strong Conservative principles earned him the continued confidence of his constituents, winning re-election in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015.After the 2011 election, Andrew was elected Speaker of the House of Commons – the youngest person ever to take up that position. Moving to Opposition after the 2015 election, Andrew served as Official Opposition House Leader before successfully seeking the leadership of the Conservative Party in 2017.
Scheer’s campaign for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership was run under the slogan “Real conservative. Real leader.” Positions on which he took a strong stance included scrapping the carbon tax and being “tough on crime”.
During his political career, Scheer has been compared to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and has been called “Harper with a smile” or “Stephen Harper 2.0”. Scheer considered former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and British MEP Daniel Hannanas political influences.
Scheer described U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio as “strong conservative voices” during the 2016 Manning Center Conference. Unlike other candidates, Scheer’s leadership team was focused less on headlines or eye-grabbing policy and more on data and organizing.